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About the Author

Jason Hawes, along with Grant Wilson, heads up TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Plumbers by trade, Hawes and Grant are interested in getting to the bottom of everyday, paranormal occurrences. It has been more than a decade since Jason and Grant first met, and since then TAPS has grown in size and scope to become one of the most respected paranormal-investigation groups in America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451633106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451633108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson head up TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Built on Jason and Grant's interest in getting to the bottom of everyday, paranormal occurrences, TAPS is an eclectic but unified bunch. Jason and Grant are plumbers by trade, and their TAPS colleagues are in similarly ordinary professions: factory worker, office manager, teacher. TAPS has developed an impressive reputation for helping people with "unusual domestic problems." It has been more than a decade since Jason and Grant first met, and since then TAPS has grown in size and scope to become one of the most respected paranormal-investigation groups in America. It now has branches across the United States and affiliates in 12 other countries. Jason, TAPS' founder, is in his mid-30s and the father of three girls and twin sons. He enjoys spending quality time with his children, deep-sea fishing and writing screenplays.

Customer Reviews

I will miss Grant when he leaves the show.
E
All of the cases described in the book,were either authenticated or disproved by the investigators by use of science and observation.
Melissa
I love reading all the books about ghost hunting to keep me interested in what is really out there.
karen s. murphy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. on September 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love Ghost Hunters. I watch it regularly. This book is a compilation of the best cases from from their
two previous books.
It's a decent read, and it contains a little more background info from both Jason and Grant.
One question:
Does anyone remember the Jason Hawes of season one? He was a total skeptic who refused to use psychics in
their investigations, and refused to even say the word haunted.
Now, apparently, he is claiming to have supernatural visions that go away when he eats green olives. That's
quite a leap. Which do we believe?
Will the real Jason Hawes please stand up?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have always been intrigued by the supernatural and have always believed that there is entities out there that cannot be explained. All of the cases described in the book,were either authenticated or disproved by the investigators by use of science and observation. There was a couple of cases that had me at the edge of my seat until I found out the true cause of the events. There were parts that I found humorous when Jason and Grant discovered the true reasons around some of the hauntings (bogus). Now that Halloween is coming up this is the perfect book that will terrify and stump you. The book was written in a way that kept me engaged. I especially liked the beginning that introduced us to Jason, Grant and how T.A.P.S was started. Grant was skeptical in the beginning until he saw first hand what could be out there. I recommend the book to everyone even if you are skeptical do not believe in the paranormal. Maybe you will learn something new and interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Minikel on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I liked the stories, although some things kept getting restated. It was refreshing to hear they can admit when there is truly nothing paranormal. Their intergrity seems beyond question, some really good tales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love reading fantasy, urban fantasy and fiction books with magic. I adore the. But when it comes to real life, I'm more skeptical, not inclined to believe in things supernatural or paranormal. I've never watched a full episode of the TV show "Ghost Files" in the Sci Fi channel (yes, I know it's now called Sy Fy but that's stupid so I use the better, old name) but I have watched a few minutes here and there while channel surfing. What little I saw didn't impress me. So when I was offered this book, I was uncertain. I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience. Still, in the end, I decided to do it and I enjoyed it, somewhat to my surprise.

As mentioned in the blurb, the book is an omnibus edition, combining two earlier books. The first book, Ghost Hunting, gives a brief history of the T.A.P.S. the organization that the ghost hunters work for and then we get chats of 42 cases from the early years. Some of the cases are from before they got their television show but most are from the show. The main narrator is Jason, with Grant offering a brief synopsis of his thoughts after each case file. Jason Hawes has a light, clear, friendly writing style, like he's talking with you over a beer or coffee. The written case files recap the episodes but also show us their thought processes and reasons for taking or refusing a case. Hawes stresses repeatedly that when they take a case, they are trying to verify possible supernatural activity, using scientific methods. They don't promise that they will certify a place as haunted and have often come away from a case with negative results. In Hawes' words,

"Grant and I insisted on a more rational approach. Before we would ever say a place was home to a supernatural entity, we needed to have proof. It was a significant departure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2011
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I am an avid watcher of SyFy's Ghost Hunters so I was glad to have the opportunity to review this title. Much of the book deals with the founding of T.A.P.S. and how Jason and Grant came to be. It makes for a great story. I loved reading how Jason first realized he was seeing things...spirits...unexplainable things. He didn't seem frightened but he didn't feel comfortable sharing his uneasiness with others. However, it was something or some things that continued to guide him to the path that would soon become his career.

My favorite part of the book was the chapter titled "Ghost Hunters Manual". Jason and Grant provide tips that will either surprise or shock you such as working in pairs. Yes. Working in pairs not only to have a source of verification but for SAFETY reasons. Jason and Grant's enthusiasm about their love of ghost hunting is prevalent throughout the book and makes for a great story for any science fiction lover or anyone who has watched the show or perhaps one with a curiosity for ghost hunting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia on October 30, 2011
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Although I already have these two books individually having them in one is great! I believe in the paranormal but I also know just because you have a floor that creaks it's not a ghost walking around your house. I respect the way that Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson conduct their investigations- TAPS goes in trying to debunk the claims rather than instantly saying a place is haunted as other investigators do. Reading how they handle their cases and the conclusions they reach is very interesting. Skeptics of the paranormal should read this. They can see the results of a true and scientific investigation (as scientific as possible in the developing world of paranormal investigations). Jason and Grant don't tell people what to believe. They reveal their results, give their opinions and let you decide.
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